Toronto at Boston- NHL Thursday Playoff Pick
The Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of this opening round best-of-seven matchup in the NHL playoffs. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and NBC Sports Network will carry the national broadcast from TD Garden.
Toronto at Boston Game Preview
Toronto was third in the Atlantic Division behind Tampa Bay and Boston with a total of 105 points, but when it came to its head-to-head regular season series against the Bruins it had the 3-1 edge with the total staying UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in three of the four games. It comes into the playoffs with four wins in its last six games with the total going OVER or ending as a PUSH in four of those contests.
The Maple Leafs were one of the top scoring teams in the league this season with an average of 3.3 goals per game. They had six different players with at least 20 goals and three of those sharpshooters crossed the 30-goal mark. James van Riemsdyk led the way with 36 goals and Austin Matthews tallied 34 goals despite missing 20 games due to injury.
The Bruins had a chance to earn the top seed in the division, but they faltered down the stretch with just one win in their last five games. The most disturbing loss was a 4-2 setback against Florida at home in the season finale as prohibitive -312 favorites with BetAnySports. This proved to be the difference in the one-point gap with Tampa Bay. The total stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last seven outings.
Boston has a few offensive weapons of its own to match Toronto’s 3.3-goal scoring average on the year. Its top three scorers all reached the 30-goal mark led by left winger David Pastrnak with 35 goals. Left winger Brad Marchand was a close second with 34 goals and he led the team in assists with 51. The Bruins are also one of the best defensive teams in the league behind veteran goalie Tuukka Rask. His goals-against average in the regular season was 2.36.
Toronto at Boston Free Game Prediction
Anytime you have a matchup between two bitter division rivals in a best-of-seven series anything can happen. Boston may go on to win the war, but I am betting that Toronto draws first blood with the upset on Thursday night.